Walk: Conic Hill - Highland views with Lowland effort
|[On a clear day, stunning views of the Luss Hills from the summit ridge]|
Conic Hill lies right on the Highland Boundary Fault separating the Lowlands from the Highlands, and its broad ridge leading down to the loch side is one of the rift's most visible manifestations. The contrast between fertile farmland to the south and bleak moorland to the north is particularly arresting. Viewpoints do not come much better than this, and the summit can be conveniently accessed via the West Highland Way from nearby Balmaha. If you find the steps tiring, spare a thought for the sweaty long-distance trekkers en route from Milngavie to Fort William some 151 kilometres away, having to do the same with huge backpacks.
|[The islands strung out across Loch Lomond mark the continuation of the Highland Boundary Fault]|
Name: Walk: Conic Hill - Highland views with Lowland effort ★★★★★
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 350 metres
Main summits: Conic Hill (361 metres, sub-2000')
Start / finish: Car park at National Park Visitor Centre, Balmaha, G.R.: NS 421910 / patching buzzards dove
Route: Balmaha - Conic Hill - return by outward route or similar
Terrain: Excellent path with some steps. Rougher, rocky sections if the true ridge is followed.
Wildlife today: Abundance of tits in the woods lower down
Weather today: Is summer here already? Bright sunshine and almost windless - t-shirt weather. Still snow on shady aspects above 700 metres or so.
Anything else? Remember to fork off right to explore the ridge and summit - the WHW passes this by. For hill-bagging purists, the true summit is at 361 metres at the far end of a succession of false summits.
|[Yes, Ben Lomond (right) is still cloud-covered!]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)